September 18, 2017 / 6:19 PM / 3 years ago

Trump-dominated Emmys draw 11.4 million TV audience

69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Host Stephen Colbert speaks as he opens the show. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Some 11.4 million Americans watched Sunday’s Emmy awards on television in a ceremony marked by jokes and jibes at U.S. President Donald Trump and where “Saturday Night Live” was the biggest winner.

Broadcaster CBS said on Monday that the 2017 audience was in line with that of last year, which attracted a record low of 11.3 million viewers.

Emmys host Stephen Colbert has ruthlessly attacked Trump on his “The Late Show,” and many of the winners and presenters made barbed comments about Trump and his policies during Sunday’s three-hour ceremony honoring the best of television.

NBC’s satirical sketch show “Saturday Night Live” won nine Emmys, including statuettes for Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy’s skits on former White House spokesman Sean Spicer, Kate McKinnon’s turns as losing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and White House aide Kellyanne Conway.

Spicer, who resigned in July, also made a surprise appearance at Sunday’s ceremony doing an impression of himself, and he later did the rounds of industry after-parties in Los Angeles.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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